A driver's license suspension can occur for numerous reasons, including a DUI conviction, accruing too many points on your record, or even failing to pay child support.
Fortunately, you have options.
A seasoned traffic defense lawyer can help you to get your license reinstated so you can again enjoy your driving privilege. Following are the three actions you should take in the event your driver's license is suspended.
#1 – Appeal The Suspension
If the driver's license suspension stemmed from your refusal to submit to field sobriety tests under suspicion of DWI, you have the right to challenge it.
When such circumstances lead to a license suspension, you're issued a 10-day permit. This permit allows you to retain your driving privilege for a short period. Once this period expires, the suspension goes into effect.
You have 10 days to challenge the suspension and request an appeal.
#2 – Start The License Reinstatement Process
If you failed to submit an appeal before your permit expired or your appeal is unsuccessful, you will lose your driving privilege. At that point, your focus should be on getting your driver's license reinstated.
In most cases, the suspension period must pass before reinstatement becomes possible. That said, an experienced attorney may be able to get your license reinstated earlier. Much depends on the circumstances.
Reinstatement usually involves paying all associated fines and attending all associated court dates. It may also include going to traffic school, attending an alcohol treatment program (if you were convicted of a DUI), or serving time in jail following conviction for a serious crime.
#3 – Apply For A Hardship Driver's License
If you rely on your driving privilege for important tasks, you may be eligible for a hardship driver's license. Plan to apply for one.
Eligibility depends largely on the reason your license was suspended. If the suspension stemmed from accruing too many points on your record, you may be eligible. If it stemmed from a DWI conviction, you won't be eligible.
The Florida traffic ticket attorneys at Skubiak & Rivas can help you get your driver's license reinstated. We've successfully defended our clients' rights in all types of traffic-related cases since 1993. If your license was recently suspended, call us at 407-894-4449 or complete this form to schedule a free, no-risk consultation with one of our seasoned lawyers.